Note: The Milky Way was shot at 50mm focal length and the foreground was shot at 12mm from the same spot in the field in order to give the dramatic artistic impression of a massive Milky Way Galaxy looking down a tiny little earth.
As an artistic interpretation I think it's fine, but the particular structures in view are pretty massive themselves and rather unidentifiable, so they somewhat counteract what you were trying to accomplish, I think. As regards extinction, why not introduce some to make it more realistic?
Hi there and thanks for you input,
Yes, when I created this composite image I knew full well that it would look artificial and I posted it here in a serious astro forum with some hesitation for that reason; I can understand and appreciate why some folks cannot warm up to it. I was definitely wanting to create the kind of dramatic artistic impression that I described in my original post, of a massive Milky Way looking down on a tiny little earth, and hopefully have achieved that to some degree.
For integrity sake I disclosed that this was a composite image shot at two different focal lengths in order to achieve a dramatic effect. Given that, I don't know if I'd want to add some simulated extinction in order to make the whole thing look less artificial. Anyways, I'll have to give that some thought, thanks for the suggestion.
To compensate for the artificial composition, I put an extra effort into processing a good-looking sky, hopefully. For what it's worth, that really was the real foreground and that really was the real sky shot at the same location and the same time of night. I simply decided to cover up the massive light pollution dome by shooting the foreground wide and raising it higher up in post while at the same time going for the dramatic effect. Again, it's not for everyone, but I like it.
Edited by Rudy Pohl, 15 September 2017 - 06:07 PM.